Delhi, 3 Oct: In a major step to “account” state government’s responsibility for the rising health crisis in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on Delhi Health Minister Sayendra Jain for not filing affidavit on the officials responsible for dengue and Chikungunya outbreak in the capital.
“You make such tall claims about what you can do. Why can’t you file an affidavit in time,” the court questioned Jain.
“You don’t need time when people are dying of chikungunya, you should have worked overnight to prepare the affidavit.”
On Friday, Jain had launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led municipal corporations for the current health crisis in the city. “BJP is destroying the Prime Minister’s Swachh initiative by keeping the city dirty. It is leading to illnesses, including those transmitted by mosquitoes,” Jain said.
The court then took strong exception of his allegations and asked him to give names and evidence of those officials by October 3.
The court’s directive comes at a time when the Capital is reeling under the outbreak of Chikungunya, hospitals are overflowing with thousands of patients suffering from dengue and chikungunya. Delhi has witnessed nearly 1,692 cases of dengue and 3,695 cases of chikungunya – with scores of death reported until September 24.
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